This is the way my renovated Library Learning Commons looks right now. It is well on its way to being future-ready, but it still has a long way to go.
I got a hold of an iPad for this, so that I could try out Paper 53. Since we have iPads at school, I thought this would be a great chance to vet this app.
Even though I have a stylus pen, I still found the writing a challenge. Of course, I was going to print, but the words looked very messy (messier than this!) and if my hand touched the screen, the whole screen would move. Cursive is more fluid and worked better. I would have liked the option to just add text boxes, but either that is only part of the paid version, or I am terrible at finding things.
The entrance is to the right, however, the outside entrance is used for some classes.
The three whiteboards are the three orange lines. Two are on wheels and one is affixed to the wall.
The Book Resource Room is not technically the library, but it is attached to it. It houses literature circle collections, home reading collections, textbooks, speakers and microphone for assemblies, and my tech cart with my iPads and laptops for the library. There is a table in there where a few teachers like to sneak in for quiet time for their French prep (while the French teacher is in their room). Sometimes students go in there for a quiet place to record video, etc.
The long counter on the far left is probably supposed to be a ‘maker space’ area. On the side that faces the non-fiction shelves, there is storage space where I keep my STEM bins, puzzles, drawing items, shared supplies, and the maker-space supply boxes. However, the counter is, at this time, used mostly for book displays or a student workspace. It isn’t very conducive to being a maker-space area, as it is so tall that kids who are K-3 are too short to stand there to work. Even when they are up on stools (off which, some have fallen), they can’t reach items that are up there. When I do maker-space type activities, I tend to bring stuff out to the regular height tables.
My office is a great tiny space. Technically, the French prep teacher also stores her resources in there. She doesn’t work in there very often, but knows she is welcome too. The blue areas are counters and/or counters with lower and upper cupboards. I also have a sink! My projector cart is located in my office. I roll it out when I need it. Ideally, the projector would be mounted in the ceiling in the main space.
The tables are all on wheels, but the stools and chairs are not.
Bulletin Boards are located in two spots. One is on the back of the large rolling whiteboard. The other is on the wall at the entrance that is outside the book resource room.
The circulation desk is almost perfectly set up. I have a good view of everyone in the library, and can see students as they walk in during book exchange times.